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US Envoy Urges Japan Businesses to Push for Trans-Pacific Free Trade Pact

Posted February 16, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Associated Press)

Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy said Friday, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken urged members of the Japan Association of Business Executives to “pick up your phones” and use their influence to convince officials to work toward a final consensus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

“The contours of a final agreement are coming into focus,” Blinken said. “We need you to make the calls, convene the meetings and remind the officials of the benefits this agreement will bring.” Click here to read more.